Unformatted text preview: The action accounts for the lasting marriage of two endearing nobodies: Tennessee-born Thomas wed to Beulah, a Georgia native whose family settled in Akron, Ohio, after they joined the Great Migration of Southern blacks to industrial centers of the Midwest. Their historical union spans from December 1924 to Thomas's death at the end of July 1963. The significant and not-so-significant events that coincide with their private achievements and crises together underweave Dove's appraisal of a commonplace couple who influenced her first decade of life. Dove presents both points of view — male and female — and instructs the reader to peruse them in sequence. Opening on Thomas, the poet follows the pre-feminist thinking of the era by allowing the husband to dominate. She dots his share of the text with details that characterize a fictionalized version of her half-Cherokee grandfather. In the poem, he is an Appalachian mountaineer short on version of her half-Cherokee grandfather....
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- Fall '08
- underweave Dove, historical union spans, musical talent. Gifts, little meat clung, decline overwhelms Thomas